Human trafficking is real. It is here.

Responding as effectively as possible – to help victims and hold traffickers accountable – is the purpose of the Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force.  Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force has a formal organizational structure designed to ensure sustainability, improve communication among members, increase awareness among professionals and the larger community, and implement effective initiatives informed by multiple perspectives.

Sacred Beginnings is the first survivor-led outreach and recovery program in the state of Michigan for women who have been sexually exploited/trafficked.

Founded and directed by survivor Leslie King, Sacred Beginnings is staffed by peer mentors who champion rescue, recovery, and justice for victims of exploitation and trafficking.

City of Grand Rapids SAFE (Safe Alliances For Everyone) Task force is an anti-violence initiative. We work to lower violence in our communities. We partner with community organizations and businesses to help support this goal. Together, we work to solve issues 15 to 24-year-old residents are facing. 


SEE. works with the Impact Groups, facilitating meetings and helping to develop

strategic direction with measureable outcomes for impact.

  • Health Care : Chair Andrea Rocafort - DeVos Children’s Hospital

  • Victim Services: Chair Nicole Villanueva - YWCA

  • Law Enforcement: Chair Daniel Priebe - Michigan State Police

  • Demand: Chair Ben Kaiser - Arbor Circle

  • Education & Awareness: Meahgan Pear, BDO USA - Alisha Meenley, Protect MI Child - Kim Richardson, Assistant Kent County Prosecutor